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Pet Medication Compounding

Town and Country Compounding – Experts in Veterinary Compounding

Did you know that compounding pharmacies make medicine for animals too?

One of the most challenging and rewarding facets of pharmacy practice is veterinary compounding. 

Drugs that are manufactured are available in limited strengths and dosage forms. These commercially available preparations may not offer the best choice for all individual species. In such cases, the services of an experienced compounding pharmacist are invaluable. 

Compounding allows for custom strengths and delivery options that may be individualized to suit each pet’s particular preferences making it easier for an owner to administer, thus increasing compliance.

Flavoring and Dosage Forms

Flavoring for animals can be tricky, and successful administration can depend on the taste of the medication.

Many pharmacists have found that oral dosage forms with tuna or sardine work well for cats, while many dogs prefer beef, liver, and chicken flavors. Sweet, fruity flavors often work best for birds, and vegetable bases or berry are best for rabbits.

One of the challenges of veterinary compounding is finding a dosage form appropriate for each individual animal. Cats can pose a particular challenge for administration of medicines, as most cat owners will agree because they do not like to swallow capsules. Sometimes oral dosage forms aren’t an acceptable option. Some medications for cats can be incorporated into transdermal gels that are applied to the inside flap of the ear, minimizing the stress for both owner and pet.

Examples of commonly compounded preparations include:

  • Sterile injections
  • Creams, ointments and lotions
  • Flavored capsules to be sprinkled on food
  • Ophthalmic preparations (medications for the eye)
  • Commercially unavailable medications
  • Sugar free formulations
  • Transdermal gels (medication in a lotion or gel that can travel through the skin)
  • Chewable flavored treats and suspensions
  • Ear solutions and suspensions
  • Rectal suppositories and gels (great systemic delivery option)
  • Medication combinations (multiple medications in ONE delivery form)

Veterinary Compounding Options for Naltrexone

Reported (anecdotal) uses:

  • Various cancers
    • Lymphomas
    • Adenomas
    • Nasal/Sinus
  • Chronic arthritic pain
  • Some Autoimmune disorders
    • IBS
    • Degenerative myelopathy

Published Uses – Behavior disorders – Adjunct

Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs

  • Acral Lick Dermatitis
    • White SD. Treatment of acral lick dermatitis with the endorphin-blocker naltrexone. Proc Ann Meet Am Acad Vet Dermatol Am Coll Vet Dermatol 1988.

Naltrexone Doses

  • Naltrexone HCl 1% Topical Gel
  • Naltrexone HCl 1mg/mL Oil Oral Suspension
  • Naltrexone HCl 0.5mg Capsule

Compounding Ideas and Formulas

Compounding for Cats

Commonly Requested Formula for Cats with Pain, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure/cardiovascular issues, Diarrhea, Gastrointestinal Issues, lack of appetite, Behavioral Issues, Urine Spraying Behavior. Includes Transdermal Formulas and Oral Suspension Formulas. 

Compounding for Cats (Ideas & Formulas)

Compounding for Dogs

Commonly Requested Formula for Dogs with Behavioral Issues (Separation Anxiety, Thunderstorms, Fireworks, etc.), Seizures, Urinary Incontinence, Acral Lick Granuloma, Atopic Dermatitis, Skin Infections (Fungal/Bacterial) Related to Atopic Dermatitis, Flea Bites, Otitis (Topical Antimycotics). Cardiovascular Issues & more.

Compounding for Dogs (Ideas & Formulas)


For a compounding pharmacist, there is no greater satisfaction than the grateful pet owner’s call to thank you for helping them and their sick pet by creating a solution they could both live with. Should the need for custom medications arise, please consider calling Town and Country Compounding with any questions you may have. We ship to 12 States, see if we serve your community.

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